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Since 11.10 upgrade, logging out takes a while (it used to be much faster on the same computer) I can't determine what's causing this, but for a few moments at logout, my system seems to "freeze", the opened windows switch to an ugly theme before it can complete the logout. Screen What's causing this ? Can I prevent it and thus fasten up shutdown/logout ?

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Strange problems are sometimes fixed with a fresh install. A fresh install is also less likely to cause any problems. –  Alvar Oct 29 '11 at 11:56
I'm not going to do a fresh install for that... Reinstall is for windows users, isn't it ? –  Nicoco Oct 31 '11 at 12:05
then enjoy it! :) –  Alvar Oct 31 '11 at 17:31
OT Trivia: that 1995-ish look is named 'redmond', the MS codename for that look. –  invert Jan 20 '12 at 8:57

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I realize this question was asked months ago but I had the same problem and this post solved it (Jesper's answer):

Shutdown taking a lot of time

I had Tomboy as a startup application. Everything was ok after I removed it. Hope it helps!

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I had this problem too, but the fix for Tomboy is now released. –  Aibara Iduas Feb 12 '12 at 22:37

I'd say that you should do a fresh install. I don't bother with upgrades because they almost always break something. I always do a fresh install no matter what.

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